SPECIAL NEEDS CATS
I think that I am just the sweetest boy but the volunteers tell me that I am a bit temperamental. OK I do get a little wound up and excited when playing and sometimes when being petted, then I can be grumpy. A few strokes with a brush and I am good, but no more. So I need someone with a lot of patience.
I will let you know that I think it is time for more attention by talking to you. I love a good head rub and if you do it right I will lean against you. I do have an allergy problem so my skin sometimes itches so bad that I lick and lick until it is sore. The good people at Pet Refuge help me with this by putting a T-shirt on me. I do look spiffy in my polo shirt. Stormy is front declawed. (*)
Brooklyn was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and we are currently in the process of getting her regulated on medication. Please consider sponsoring her ongoing medical care.
I am a very gentle cat and like to be petted. I can be very affectionate as well. Unfortunately, has been returned to us due to litterbox issues. He is looking for an understanding owner. In the meantime, please consider donating to help us with his ongoing care.
True to her name, Heidi loves to hide. She is semi-social and takes a long time to get to know you. Only the most patient and the quietest of the volunteers have had her come to them to be petted. She does well with mellow cats and would need a cat buddy. If you would like to sponsor a cat Heidi the hider would be a good one. (*)
This handsome lad is Mickey. Mickey was returned to us when his family adopted a dog and he didn’t appear to be too pleased with the new arrival. Shortly after he came back, we noticed that Mickey had difficulty urinating and he had to have emergency surgery when he became blocked. Mickey will have to be on prescription food for the rest of his life, but has been doing great ever since we started him on that. He is a friendly, laid-back cat but he can be a bit bully around other cats.
Not only will Elvis let you play dress-up with him, he is just an all-around cool cat. He is a mellow, low-key dude who enjoys the company of other cats and should do well with cat-friendly dogs and children. He also likes to sing to you when he is in the car! Elvis was diagnosed with diabetes, so please consider donating to support his ongoing care. (*)
DOB: August 2008
Cheeto is full of life and personality! This beautiful buff and white boy is enthusiastic, playful and loves to be the center of attention. He would do well with another active cat that doesn’t mind having a playmate that likes to be the class clown. At Pet Refuge, his favorite activities consist of chasing toys, climbing up cat trees and entertaining our volunteers. Cheeto is a young, healthy cat, but he will have to be on prescription food because he is prone to developing urinary crystals. He is neutered, microchipped, front declawed and up-to-date on all of his vaccines.
Lilly was originally rescued from a hoarding situation. She had upper respiratory and eye infections – like almost all of the other cats from this trailer. And on top of that, our vet determined that Lilly did not only have one of the worst ear infections she had ever seen, she also had polyps. However, the infection needed to clear up before the polyps could be surgically removed. Lilly was put on ears meds, pain meds, and antibiotics for several weeks. However, after three surgical procedures, Lilly still has recurring problems with polyps and infections. Please consider supporting Lilly’s ongoing medical care by sponsoring her or making a donation in her name. You can help us make sure that Lilly has the best life a cat can possibly have. (*)
Porter is a real sweetheart who loves to be around people. Unfortunately, Porter's diabetes has recently become more serious and he now requires twice daily shots. Since he is now on insulin instead of a special diet, he is living freely in a special needs foster home experienced with diabetic cats. We are still working to get his sugar regulated with insulin but he is starting to feel better. In his foster home, he especially likes to snuggle with a special 10 yr old human but he is a pillow-hog! (*)
Bristol and Adrian came in together. At first we thought they were siblings because they are so attached to each other. But it turns out Adrian is older, so they might be a mother-daughter pair. They are definitely related and very close. Adrian came in with an infected mouth and her teeth were so bad that all of them had to be removed. Because she is older and was in poor shape she had difficulties during surgery and experienced a rare reaction to the anesthesia. This reaction was similar to a stroke. (*)
Jet is playful and loves to play with other cats. He is also good with small dogs. Jet used to be very shy around humans but is starting to come out of his shell a bit. He will make a good buddy for another cat but will need a very patient person.
Tater Tot is a very sweet and loving girl. She would love to cuddle in bed with you. If she knows and trusts you she likes belly rubbed. She likes to drink water from the sink or shower. Tater Tot has a playful side too but does not often get a chance to show it right now because she is a bit apprehensive in the big cat room with all the other cats. Tater Tot is one of our cats who is on a special food to control kidney stones. (*)
Lucy was born in someone's basement - and that is where she spent the first 6 months of her life, without much human contact. Not surprisingly, Lucy was very unsure of people when she first came to us. The first few weeks in her foster home, she literally climbed up walls whenever her foster mom approached. She has come a long ways since then and is now happy to run around and play with her foster siblings. Lucy still gets scared of loud noises and sudden movements and will go into hiding as soon as she sees a stranger. However, Lucy loves the other cats in her foster home and is very comfortable there. Please consider donating in Lucy's name so she can live out her life in her foster home. (*)
Mandarin is a beautiful dark red tabby. He loves the other cats and kittens in his foster home and he has been a wonderful big brother to all his tiny foster siblings. He plays with them very gently and it is very sweet to watch their interactions. Mandarin is doing very well with his foster mom and will come running towards her when it's time for canned food. However, Mandarin is very shy around people.
Update: In November 2015, Mandarin was diagnosed with diabetes. He has been on Insulin ever since. Please consider sponsoring Mandarin and helping us pay for his ongoing care. (*)
Pumkin is a very sweet and loveable laid back kitty who likes to talk to get your attention. He gets along well with dogs and children, but he does need to be the only cat in the house. Pumkin came to us with a history of urinary problems. He has since been put on a special diet which has been working well for him. He is looking for a family that will stay faithful to keeping him on his Royal Canin Urinary SO diet permanently to help prevent future urinary problems. (*)
Reba is an elegant brown tabby Maine Coon mix. She is a senior who has had a very difficult time which has led her to become easily stressed. Poor Reba has lost her home at an age where a cat should be allowed to settle in and enjoy life but now she is surrounded by other cats and they do not seem to care for her presence. Reba is in the early stages of kidney failure and love to find a sponsor that could help contribute to her ongoing medical needs.
Mai is a bit shy at first, but if you don't rush her she would like you to pet her. Mai is not comfortable being held unless she knows you really well but she loves to give head butts and will rub her little head in your hands. She has adorable blue eyes. Mai was recently diagnosed with feline hepatitis and we would appreciate donations to help us pay for her ongoing medical needs. (*)
Despite everything that this boy has been through, Walter couldn’t be a happier or more social cat. Walter has been tossed around quite a bit and has been returned to Pet Refuge numerous times. Unfortunately, his previous owners also neglected to take care of his medical needs and after his most recent return, we discovered that Walter was not only diabetic, but that he was in desperate need of a dental. Walter moved into a foster home in 2015 and we are working on getting his Glucose levels regulated. (*)
Vanessa is a very scared girl and rarely lets people pet her. She prefers a slow, soft and gentle approach and requires a patient person. Once she trusts you, she loves having her face and ears gently scratched. She also really enjoys the company of other cats. Please consider sponsoring Vanessa while she is waiting for a special person to come and adopt her.
Tangerine is a short-haired orange tabby female. She came to Pet Refuge with her siblings, Tangelo and Temple, who both have been adopted. Tangerine is still with us, though. She tends to be overlooked since she is a bit shy. Tangerine would do best in a peaceful home where she would have the opportunity to come out of her shell. Tangerine is usually snuggled up with another buddy cat in a cozy cat bed.
Audio originally came to us as part of a litter of kittens that was abandoned at another shelter. Audio and his littermates were in terrible shape but all made a full recovery. He was adopted out and returned to us a few years later when his owner became unable to take care of him. Audio has to be on a special diet to prevent urinary crystals, but he is otherwise a healthy and confident cat. He generally enjoys the company of other cats, but he isn’t shy to let his roommates know that he won’t stand for their bullying. He has also lived with a calm dog and did really well.